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Jun 12, 2020

Visit the Blood Bank, Help Safe Lives

“Safe Blood Saves Lives” – it’s the theme used to celebrate this year’s World Blood Donor Day.  In Belize, the National Blood Bank is encouraging residents to donate blood, which is in demand, regardless of blood type. News Five stopped by today to see how the blood drive was going. Here’s Duane Moody with a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Blood is one of the most precious gifts you can give to anyone as it is considered the gift of life. During emergencies such as gunshot trauma and surgeries, blood is used to save lives. That supply of blood is provided by the National Blood Bank on the Central Health Region compound adjacent to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. So today and then on Monday, in lieu of June fourteenth which is recognised as World Blood Donor Day, an appeal is being made for residents of various blood types to donate blood.


Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith, Supervisor, Belize Blood Bank

“The purpose of the advertisement is that we need blood all the time. We have two types of volunteer blood donors—we have replacements and the volunteer blood donors. Volunteers come and volunteer their blood so that the bank can use for any emergency purposes; that is road traffic accidents, delivery complications, mass casualties like gunshots. That’s where our volunteer blood donors come in. That is the safest way how we can give safe blood. Replacement is only for those who come and replace to the bank; probably they use the blood and they ask them to come and replace it or they just reserve that blood for a further surgical procedure.”


Safe Blood, Saves Lives. But Supervisor Adrian Smith says that blood types, especially the negative ones are in short supply.


Adrian Smith

“The rare blood types are the negatives. Once you are negative, you must receive a negative. We have A negative, B negative, we have AB negative and we have O negative. O negative can give to everybody but can only receive from O negative. The blood is there; most of the donors are outside. We just need to call them and educate them and tell them the importance of the blood. When it comes to positive [blood types], there is a lot; however, the demand is higher as well. We go about the communities promoting blood drives and explain to them the reason and the need because for example, you are at an emergency and you need blood and it is a weekend, there is nowhere that you can get blood. And that’s where the blood bank has it in reserve for those emergencies.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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